ST. CHARLES – Stressing the importance of honoring military sacrifice as Veterans Day approaches, state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, encourages constituents to submit a tribute and photo of a loved one who served their country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol from Nov. 1 to 13.
“Our military men and women have answered the call to serve this country, and they are deserving of the utmost respect and gratitude,” McConnaughay stated in a news release.
“This tribute is just one small way to demonstrate how appreciative we are of the sacrifices they have made to protect the many freedoms we all enjoy on a daily basis. It also provides an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about the men and women who have lived and served our nation, but whose stories often go untold.”
Families may submit a photo and written story of no more than 250 words, along with the following information: name, military branch and conflict or campaign served. Military photos are preferred, but are not necessary.
They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org until Oct. 30. Submissions also can be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For information, call 217-782-1650.
The project is in partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
People who submit a tribute and would like to visit the statehouse to see their loved one’s story on display, can check out a video for visitors at youtube.com/watch?v=mnZf99IK-lY before their trip.